How These 10 Basketball Superstars Fell In Love With The Game Basketball

Sup HoopLight Fam! 😄

We all grow attached to the game basketball in our own unique way.

As you may have already read in a previous email, for me it was playing basketball with my brothers growing up. 

Both of my older brothers were only 2 and 4 years older than me, so we were all pretty close.

We played basketball with each other all the time, out front in the driveway.

I was so excited to play with my brothers and compete with them! 😄

I wanted to be the best and beat them real bad!

I was the youngest, so I had nothing the lose! 😏

I think my main reasons for falling in love with basketball was the togetherness it helped shaped with me and my brothers, and the competition which helped my desire to master the craft.

But this email isn't about me, it's about these 10 Superstars and how they fell in love with the game! 🤩

1) Lebron James

Fell in love with basketball playing on a bottomed-out milk crate nailed to a light pole, when he was 5 years old. Played with his friends and shared the joy of the game, even when cars would interrupt their game or the ball would bounce into the woods.

2) Earvin Magic Johnson 

Fell in love with basketball while watching basketball with hid dad when he was 4 years old. His dad's favorite player was Wilt Chamberlain, who played for the Philadelphia 76ers. Inspired by Wilt, Magic would go outside and imagine he was Wilt, practicing his patented finger-roll. Ever since then, Magic was hooked.

3) Kobe Bryant 

It seemed to Kobe, that he fell in love with basketball when he was born. His whole family played basketball - his dad, uncle, grandma, sisters, cousins. When he picked up a ball it was as if he was instantly attracted to the sport. 

4) Kevin Durant 

His mom took him took a rec center and he walked into the gym, and he immediately felt like it was a match made in heaven. In his own words, it "felt like the gates of heaven opened up". It was so smooth and effortless for him, and he felt deep inside it was something that he wanted to do every chance he got.

5) Cheryl Miller 

In 1976, she watched highlights of the Woman's Olympic team, and for the first time in her life she felt she identified with other female basketball players. In that moment she felt like there was something out there that was bigger and better for her, that she was meant to do.

6) Chris Paul

In high school in his sophomore year, Chris began blowing up the stat sheet and dunked for the first time. He loved the rush of it all. Ever since that year, basketball has been something that he hasn't' been able to get enough of.

7) Stephen Curry 

Fell in love with basketball when he was 5 years old, after his father signed him up to play in a rec league in Charlotte. For Steph, nothing really compared to organized basketball, and after he got a taste of it and his family cheering him on, there was no turning back.

8) Steve Nash

Steve fell in love with basketball from 13 - 41 years old. Almost all of these days Steve would practice so he could master his craft, but it was also therapeutic for him. Steve also loved the imaginative element of the game and how everyday he'd step into his own world to conjure up and create anything he pleased - with just himself, his ball, and a hoop. 

9) Jerry West

Jerry grew up where there wasn't much to do. When he picked up a basketball for the first time, limitless possibilities flooded to him in his world of imagination. He'd shoot buzzer beaters and construct game situations where he'd be the hero. And if he missed, he could always reset the timer Haha 😂

10) Shaquille O'Neal

O'Neal fell in love with the sport after he watched a film with his dad called 'The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh'. It was about NBA legend Julius Erving. O'Neal was awe-inspired watching Julius play ball, but didn't think he was a real person. That is until Shaq's dad took him to a game at Madison Squire garden where Shaq's jaw almost hit the floor. He was so excited to watch Julius play, so much so that he said "Dad! That's what I want to do when I grow up!"

As I listened to these short stories, it was interesting to learn how everyone fell in love with basketball.

Each player had their own or similar reasons.

Whatever the reason - building relationships, family influence, mastering the craft, feeling inspired, or it just felt like a natural thing to do - the result, and what we share, in the end is the same.

We all Love the game basketball. ❤

And I don't know about you, but I think that is pretty cool. 😎

I wonder! 

What's your reason for loving the game?🤔
Please reply to let me know. I'm curious.

Until Next Time,

Joey Erlic